Tools For Removing House Paint

  • 01 of 06

    Introduction: Tools For Scraping Paint

    Scraping Lead-Based Paint
    Getty / Harri Tahvanainen

    If painting a house's exterior is a dreaded activity, then removing paint during the prep stage is an even more dreaded activity.


    The first thing you should know is that there is no single tool that will remove house paint in every instance and form. Rather, you need to think of yourself as a warrior fighting a battle against bad, peeling, alligatored, loose, and otherwise insubstantial existing paint--that is, paint will not provide a solid base for the next layer of paint.


    Even with that said,...MORE tool manufacturers and solvent companies for ages have been promoting the "miracle paint stripper" for all of your house paint problems. Ahhh...if only it were that easy.


    So, we present to you a series of tools and solvents that you can use at your option to remove exterior house paint during the prep stage of your next painting project.


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  • 02 of 06

    The Paint Shaver

    paint shaver
    Copyright American Int'l Tool Industries

    What Is It?:


    Lots of tools claim to shave paint, but there is one brand-name tool called The Paint Shaver that does just that--and well. It's a tool used by pro painters to remove paint with relative ease. A vacuum sucks away stripped debris and collects it for later disposal.


    How Effective? (1-10):
    9


    What You Won't Like::
    The Paint Shaver is ultra-expensive, starting at $600 (July 2011). It's bulky, too.


    What You Will Like::
    It's the tool-to-end-all-tools for removing paint from your house exterior.


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  • 03 of 06

    Will a Heat Gun "Melt Away" Your Paint Removal Problems?

    WEN 2010 Heat Gun
    Copyright WENS, via Sears
    What Is It?
    :

    An electric gun or scraper pulling 1,000 watts or more to soften paint for easier scraping.

    How Effective? (1-10):
    8


    What You Won't Like::
    Heat guns and scrapers are slooow--but they do work. Also, if you are squeamish about matters such as potentially burning down your house, you may want to stay away from heated implements. While this probably will not happen, it's never a good thing to combine high temperatures with dry wood.


    What You Will Like::
    You can also use heat guns for other...MORE purposes, such as gently thawing frozen pipes.


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  • 04 of 06

    Manually (and Cheaply) Remove Paint From House with Scraper

    Manual Paint Scraper
    Lee Wallender
    What Is It?
    :

    A manual paint scraper, probably the oldest and most reliable way to
    scrape paint
    . It helps to use a neat little implement called an 8-In-1 Painter's Tool.

    Compare Prices - Paint Scrapers


    How Effective? (1-10):
    7


    What You Won't Like::
    It takes a lot of muscle-work to scrape paint with a manual scraper.


    What You Will Like::
    With a manual scraper you have plenty of control--little chance of gouging the material underneath.


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  • 05 of 06

    Wire Brush

    Wire Brush
    Lee Wallender
    What Is It?
    :

    A brush with tines made of wire.

    How Effective? (1-10):
    3


    What You Won't Like::
    It only scrapes off loose, peeling paint. A wire brush is more for tidying up an area of peeling paint than for scraping off paint.


    What You Will Like::
    Wire brushes are cheap and quick to put into action (as opposed to something like a sander, which needs some set-up time).


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  • 06 of 06

    Using Electric Sander to Remove House Paint

    DeWalt Electric Sander
    Lee Wallender
    What Is It?
    :

    Electric sander, either corded or cordless.

    How Effective? (1-10):
    5


    What You Won't Like::
    Like the wire brush, the electric sander isn't really a paint scraper. It really excels at ripping and smoothing away loose edges of paint. But it's a great way to identify where to stop scraping. For example, if you hit the paint-edge with your sander and it doesn't immediately rip up, you've probably reached solid paint.


    What You Will Like::
    If you're not careful, you can easily gouge the house...MORE siding.